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Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (JAVA) Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Matthew Bassett, recipient of the first JAVA Scholarship. Matthew is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Sociology at Boise State University with plans to continue his studies in Nursing. As a high school drop-out and the first in his family to go to college, he is extremely proud of his academic pursuits. In addition to school, Matthew is passionate about helping people.
Through his work as a CNA he has twice been nominated for HAPPEN Caregiver of the Year award by his co-workers. Matthew is also actively engaged as a volunteer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and as a youth leader in his church.
The members of JAVA salute Matthew. His commitment to excellence and service are the keys to achieving the vision of an Idaho where every adult is visible and valued.


ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

AUGUST 11-12, 2014; 8:00AM – 3:30 PM BOTH DAYS
LOCATION: OXFORD SUITES HOTEL, BOISE
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This event will feature assistive technology experts discussing a wide array of topics useful for Independent Living skills. Space is limited…

Register online at http://tinyurl.com/q7fmu77 Or over the phone by contacting the IDAHO ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROJECT – 800-432-8324.


Save the Date for the 5th Annual Idaho Elder Abuse Summit: Neglect and Self-Neglect

Friday, June 20, 2014, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Boise State University, Student Union Building

The Summit is a one-day educational event that raises awareness and supports Idaho’s multidisciplinary efforts to prevent elder abuse and exploitation.


Call to Action from the Idaho Lifespan Respite Coalition: Statewide Survey of Informal Caregivers

The vision of the Idaho Lifespan Respite Coalition is to create an integrated network of respite support for informal (unpaid) caregivers and care recipients of all ages. The Coalition, supported by the Idaho Commission on Aging through a grant from the Administration for Community Living, is comprised of representatives from public and private organizations, caregivers, and recipients of care throughout Idaho. The purpose of this message is to invite you to participate in a statewide survey of informal (unpaid) caregivers and/or share this message with caregivers you may know. The survey is designed to gather information about the needs of caregivers and the results will be used to guide the actions of the Coalition. See below for link to survey. The survey is anonymous. Participation will not affect any services or benefits a caregiver is receiving because we will not know who answered the survey. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Toevs, Center for the Study of Aging (208-426-2452,stoevs@boisestate.edu) or Pam Catt-Oliason, Commission on Aging (208-577-2852, Pam.Catt-Oliason@aging.idaho.gov). Anonymous survey link: Click here to complete Caregiver Survey.


Announcing the Expansion of Legacy Corps Caregiver Support Program in Idaho Friends in Action (FIA) are wrapping up the inaugural year of the Legacy Corps Caregiver Support program, and are gearing up to expand the number of volunteers and families serve in Idaho. FIA is recruiting 20 volunteers to serve with the next Legacy Corps team. These volunteers make a substantial commitment—beginning in November they commit to one year of service totaling 450 hours (includes 20 hours of pre-service training; 10-12 hours of assistance to families weekly; 4-hours of monthly in-service training).
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Volunteers receive a monthly stipend to cover their volunteer expenses; an education award approaching $1500; and they will form deep bonds with their fellow volunteers and families they serve. We’ve watched our current Legacy Corps volunteers become an amazing team and build life-long friendships. We expect the same bonds and teamwork will develop in the next group of volunteers. Anyone interested in learning more about Legacy Corps can visit our Legacy Corps website: https://sites.google.com/a/fiaboise.org/friends-in-action-legacy-corps/ or call our office at 333-1363.


Thank You to Maureen O’Hara Fans and Advocates for Older Adults

Thank you to all the Maureen O’Hara who supported her birthday celebration. Proceeds from the celebration in the amount of $10,000 were donated to JAVA and will be used to continue it’s mission of ensuring dignity, safety and quality of life for all adults.


Mission

To strengthen community partnerships and resource networks to ensure dignity, safety, and quality of life of vulnerable adults through advocacy, education, intervention, prevention and policy development.


Values

1. We believe all adults have the right to self-determination and freedom from harm 2. We respect and acknowledge the conflict between rights and protection of vulnerable adults. 3. We believe adults should be free from abuse. 4. We value working together to keep vulnerable adults safe